It has been about two months since Greta’s surgery, and she is doing great! We had a tiny issue last week with a few spots along her incision splitting open and bleeding, but we seem to have gotten it under control without having to make a trip back to the vet, which is always great for everyone. Greta doesn’t show any signs of slowing down or feeling sick. She is still taking walks, playing with her buddies and her voracious appetite is still completely in tact. All wonderful signs in her battle against Hemangiosarcoma. We are having a great fall so far; one of our favorite things to do is curl up and watch the leaves fall on these chilly days we’ve had recently.
Now that I’ve given a little update on Greta, I’d like to talk about a cause that is extremely important to me – The Stracks Fund. The Stracks Fund is part of Stray Rescue of St. Louis and is used exclusively for the medical expenses incurred to treat and heal the thousands of dogs and cats that come through the doors of Stray Rescue. For those of you that don’t know, I adopted Greta from Stray Rescue the day after Christmas in 2009. She was found about 4 months prior wandering a construction site in North St. Louis, right near Crown Candy Kitchen. This rescue organization means a lot to me because without it, I would have never had this wonderful experience of adopting one of the sweetest, most amazing animals. When they found Greta, she was extremely malnourished with several open wounds on her back. She was so skinny and severely dehydrated that another week and she probably wouldn’t be here. She was in the hospital for over three weeks being nursed back to health. Somewhere along the line, I saw her vet bills and they were almost $20,000. For one dog. One rescue. Here are some of the pictures of her when they first found her (terrible quality but you get the idea):
The founder of Stray Rescue, Randy Grim, is one of the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever come across, with one of the most difficult jobs you can imagine. Every day he goes into the roughest neighborhoods of St. Louis to rescue severely neglected and abused animals. Every day he deals with devastating circumstances and even death. Every day he gets no support from local police. He has been shot at numerous times trying to rescue these animals. But he keeps going.
He recently rescued a dog named Stracks, the story of his beginning here. Saving this dog’s life inspired Randy to start The Stracks Fund, a dedicated emergency medical reserve to help severely abused and neglected dogs, a cause needing over $150,000 each month. Recently, a major donor has stepped forward and vowed to match up to $100,000 in funds donated towards Stray Rescue of St. Louis. After following the stories of Randy’s horrifying rescues the last couple weeks (click here to read one, but only if you can handle GRAPHIC CONTENT), I know how huge this will be huge for Stray Rescue. I am asking you to please take a few minutes to donate to the cause and share this story with others. I know times are tough, but every little bit helps.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Greta and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.